DePauw Wins Third NCAC Tournament Crown

DePauw Wins Third NCAC Tournament Crown

DePauw (15-4) won its third NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title after edging Kenyon (17-3), 1-0 in a sudden-victory shootout in the championship game on Saturday, November 7, in Gambier, Ohio. The two teams split their regular season series. That trend of tight competition continued in the tournament championship as they battled through regulation and two sudden-victory overtime periods before tying, 1-1, in the first round of the shootout. Tiger junior Sofia Carretereo (St. LOuis, MO/Cor Jesu Academy) finally earned the victory for DePauw by converting her attempt in the second round of the shootout. Carretereo also saved the Tigers on defense, as she stopped a Kenyon shot from finding an empty net in the first overtime session. She was named to the all-tournament team, along with sophomore forward Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus Academy), who converted DPU's final attempt in the first shootout session - which kept the Tigers in the game and extended the shootout - and freshman midfielder/defender Riley Miller (Wilmette, IL/Loyola Academy). Senior midfielder/defender Grace Goodbarn (Highlands Ranch, CO/Mountain Vista) was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Kenyon outshot DePauw 31-12 over the course of the game, including an 8-0 advantage in the second overtime session. DPU sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Guendert (Columbus, OH/Columbus Academy) finihsed with 16 saves, while Kenyon sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken) finished with five. Speroff was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore midfielder/defender Kelsey Trulik (Ann Arbor, MI/Ann Arbor-Huron) and senior midfielder Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle). Kenyon sophomore forward/midfielder Katelyn Hutchinson (Pottstown, PA/St. George's) notched the Ladies lone goal in the first shootout session.

All-Tournament Team
Kirsten Audette, Denison
Allie Bacon, Denison
Maddie Goelz, Wittenberg
Zara Tickner, Wittenberg
Sarah Speroff, Kenyon
Kelsey Trulik, Kenyon
Maddie Breschi, Kenyon
Sofia Carretero, DePauw
Paige Berliner, DePauw
Riley Miller, DePauw
MVP: Grace Goodbarn, DePauw

 

Semifinal Recaps:

Top-seeded Kenyon (17-2) outlasted fourth-seeded Wittenberg (8-11) by a 1-0 margin on Wednesday afternoon in Gambier to advance to the championship game of the NCAC Field Hockey Tournament for the third year in a row. The Ladies and Tigers were caught in a defensive battle for the first 27 minutes of action, but Kenyon sophomore Katelyn Hutchinson (Pottstown, PA/St. George's School) broke the scoreless drought in the 28th as she took a pass from freshman Abbey Roswell (Baltimore, MD/Roland Park Country School) and slipped it past the Tiger goalie for the game's only score. Kenyon goalie sophomore goalie Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken School) stopped all four shots she faced on goal in the game, while Wittenberg junior Sarah Brownell (Oconomowoc, WI/Univ. Lake School) also finished the contest with four saves in goal for the Tigers. 

In Wednesday's other semifinal contest, second-seeded DePauw (14-4) scored two first-half goals and never looked back en route to posting a 2-1 victory over third-seeded Denison (12-8) in Greencastle. With the victory, the Tigers return to the tournament championship game for the fourth time in the last five years after winning the title in both 2012 and 2013. DePauw sophomore forward Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/ Columbus Acad.) assisted on both first-half goals, first feeding freshman Sarah Pereyra (Saratoga, CA/Westmont) at the 27:55 mark , before finding sophomore Reilly Bruce (Chicago, IL/Francis Parker) for a goal in the final minute of the half. The Big Red cut into the lead early in the second half on a goal from senior Britta Marden (Belmont, MA/Concord Carlisle) at the 45:04 mark, but the Tigers' defensive unit settled in over the final 25 minutes of the game and held DU scoreless to secure the one-goal victory.

Semifinals Games  Championship Game 
Wednesday, Novovember 4
Saturday, November 7 
#1 Kenyon 1, #4 Wittenberg 0 {Box}
DePauw 1, Kenyon 0 - PS {Box}
#2 DePauw 2, #3 Denison 1 {Box}
 
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NCAC Weekly Field Hockey Release - 11-2-15   

The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2015 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Sunday, November 1st.

Kenyon (16-2, 13-1) locked down its second-straight North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season crown and third overall. Wittenberg leads the league with 10 titles all-time, followed by Denison (9), Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster (8), DePauw, Kenyon and Oberlin (3). 

Kenyon will enter the 2015 NCAC Tournament as the top seed and defending champion after defeating Denison, 1-0, a season ago. The Ladies will host fourth-seeded Wittenberg (8-10, 8-6) in a semifinal contest at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Kenyon earned a pair of victories over Wittenberg during the regular season, most recently defeating the Tiger, 2-1, on October 17th. The other semifinal contest will feature second-seeded DePauw (13-4, 12-2) hosting third-seeded Denison (12-7, 10-4) at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Greencastle. The DPU Tigers and Big Red split a pair of games during the regular season with Wednesday's rubber match winner advancing to the tournament title game. The championship match is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.

Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... Kenyon, making its third-straight appearance in the tournament, is the defending champion after winning its third tournament crown last year ...  Denison is appearing in the tournament for the seventh-consecutive season and 11th time overall ... DePauw returns to the tournament for the fifth-straight time and is looking for its third tournament title in four years ... Wittenberg is making its second-straight and 12th overall appearance in the tournament.